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The Feet Have It!

The Feet Have It

I got to spend some time with my grandchildren after Thanksgiving.  What a BLAST!  N is eight months old and can charm the candy cane off and elf with those big blue eyes and shy smile.  E is talking up a storm.  You have to pay close attention to figure out what she’s saying.  I did understand when she told me “Love you, Love you, love you” before she went to sleep.

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One of the things we did was make reindeer with our feet.

Materials:

Bronze acrylic paint

Sponge brush

½ inch pompoms

Google eyes that would fit proportionally to the bottom of the feet being used.

White glue

Good quality paper, I used 140lb paper.  I tried construction paper but it was too thin.

Instructions:

  1.  Paint bottom of child’s foot and make an impression on the paper.  You can either press the paper on the bottom of the foot while the child sits or you can have the child step onto the paper lying on the floor.  (Sticking out your tongue does make it easier.)

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      2.  Draw some antlers starting at the juncture between the toes and foot.

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  1.  Cut the foot and antlers out.

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  1.  Glue a pompom at the bottom of the heel in the middle for a nose.

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  1.  Glue the goggle eyes near the ball of the foot

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ENJOY!

Hint:

  • Baby wipes work well to clean the feet off.
  • For younger children (under 3) put a dot of glue where needed and let your little helper place the objects.  (nose, eyes)
  • Change up colors of paint, pompoms, eyes
  • Copy and shrink the reindeer use as a Christmas card.

We had fun making these.  I’m putting them on my Christmas tree.  E learned so much while making these.  She learned how to follow directions (putting stuff on the glue dot), make an impression with her feet, and directionality by putting the eyes on correctly.  Not bad for a toddler, of course, she is my granddaughter.

What adventures have you had lately?

Hop Along

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Hey all, I’m in Colorado having fun with my grands for a few days. I went hiking with my DD, my DH and grand-dog a few days ago in the Cheyenne Mountains.

Today I’m going to help E finish her paper mâché pig and we’ll have lots of fun on the playground.

What are you doing with your grands this week?

A Fishy Situation

My DD and I went fishing today.  What fun, even if the biggest fish caught was about 1.5 inches in length.  This trip reminded me of all the times we took our girls fishing as they were growing up like the time DD and I were helping our oldest pull a fish out of the lake while keeping a close eye on the younger sitting on the grass.  Next thing we know someone is saying “Oh gross!” just when the younger daughter is slurping a worm into her mouth.  Ah… good times.

Fishing is a wonderful activity for most ages.  You might want to wait to take the grands until they are at least three or four.  There are pint sized rods for just such occasions.  Though their attention span is short, they can also catch crawdads, throw rocks in the water (don’t expect to catch any fish yourself), play in the dirt or water or what ever is around.

There is nothing more wonderful than seeing these things through the eyes of a child.  Today as I was walking around I met a beautiful 4.5 year old little girl on a fishing trip with her grandparents.  This was the first time she had been camping or fishing.  She was very busy putting rocks into a circle to make a fire ring that soon became a fairy ring.  She told me all about the bugs she catches to give her grandma’s chickens and we took pictures together.  Today she saw an osprey catch a fish and an eagle take it away from him.  Her grandpa caught a big fish and shared his knowledge on techniques with us.  She watched her dog chase chipmunks and dragon flies.  This is a day she will remember.

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The Money is in the Bank

One of the things Grandparents need to do is teach the grandchildren how to save money.  A good way to do that is give them a piggy bank.  Here is a paper mache tutorial on how to make their own.  Depending on the age of the child(ren) they can make it all themselves or you can help them.  My granddaughter is almost 2 and my grandson is less than six months old.  I’ll be making N’s bank for him.  I’m going to make most of E’s bank and have her put the finishing touches on with Mod Podge and fabric scraps.

Materials

9 inch round balloon

Newspaper for tearing up

Paper egg carton

Masking tape

Flour

Water

Fabric scraps cut up into small pieces

1 pipe cleaner

Mod Podge, glossy

Bowl (for mixing the paste)

Directions:

1.  Make the paper mache paste by mixing the flour and water.  I’m not sure of     the exact measurements but it should be the consistency of thin pancake batter.  Start with equal parts of flour and water.

2.   Blow up the balloon and tear the newspaper into strips.

3.   Dip each strip in the paste and cover the balloon completely. Let dry completely then put 3 more layers on, letting it dry between each layer.

The Body

4.     After the last layer is dry cut the egg carton into sections.  You need 4 legs, a snout and 2 ears.  The legs and  snouts are made out of the cups where the eggs sit.  The ears can be cut from the corners of the top of the carton.

        

5.  Make more paste, tear more paper, paper mache over and around all the new parts, covering the whole kit and caboodle.  It should be looking like a pig around now.  Let it dry completely then put one last layer on all over making sure to keep the general pig shape.

6.  When the pig is dry, use an exacto knife to cut the money slot in the top and cut an X on the back for a place to put the tail.

7.  Use the pipe cleaner to make the tail.  Wind the pipe cleaner around your finger to curl it.  Poke one end into the X you cut with the knife.

8.  Use the Mod Podge to attach the fabric scraps.  Put some Mod Podge on the pig, place the fabric on top, then cover the fabric with Mod Podge.  Be sure not to cover the slot for the money.  Be sure to secure the tail in well with the Mod Podge and fabric.  Let dry completely.

VOILA!

College, here we come!

What have you created today?

GF Homemade Playdough: Worthy of Play or DOH! ?

I have updates to this blog. I kept the play dough to see how long it stayed playable. I kept them in ziploc type sandwich bags in my studio. Well, after 2 weeks the purple rice flour recipe started to get slimy, then the dogs got it and that was the end of that. The cornstarch and baking soda batch, however did not start to go bad until last week. Before it went bad I used it for a mixed media paining. The texture was smooth and silky, however, I had to keep dipping my fingers in water to work with it because it tended to be on the dry side. I will post photos of the painting soon and you can be the judge of how well the clay looks. Enjoy!

Grandma's Fun Factory

What a fun day!  At the request of my daughter I found then made two gluten free playdough recipes that I found on the web to see which one, if any, are worth the bother.

Recipe 1: from the Celiac Disease Foundation

Ingredients

1/2 cup rice flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup salt

2 tsps cream of tarter

1 cup water

1 tsp. cooking oil

food coloring if desired

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Directions

Mix ingredients in medium sized saucepan.  Cook and stir on low heat until it forms a ball.  Cool completely before storing it in a seal-able plastic bag.

I made the mistake of doing this on a day when the arthritis in my hands was acting up.  It hurt to stir the dough in the pan.  If you have a similar issue either wait for a less painful day or have someone (an older grand?) stir it for you.

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This is where my hands started hurting.  It gets…

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